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Queen appoints Indian origin barrister as Recorder

Kalyani Kaul has handled high-profile cases

30th December 2009: A well-known barrister of Indian origin Kalyani Kaul has made it big. She has been appointed a Recorder by Queen Elizabeth and will soon preside over hearings in county courts.


A Recorder is a fee paid post and there is no minimum sitting requirement. As a Recorder, Kaul will prepare cases for trial and preside over hearings in county courts.


A Recorder is also considered for authorisation to sit as Deputy High Court Judge in the Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions of the High Court and sit in the Royal Courts of Justice or county courts.


Kaul, 49, has handled high-profile cases in the UK; and was the third highest paid barrister in terms of legal aid payments in 2005. She has studied law from the London School of Economics; and has been practising law in Britain for the last 26 years.


Kaul, specialises in serious crime matter, and the cases handled by her include Government of Rwanda vs Munyaneza, an extradition case against the Government of Rwanda earlier this year relating to charges of genocide.


She is the daughter of well-known British journalists Mahendra Kaul and Rajni Kaul, both of whom worked for long years with the Voice of America and British Broadcasting Corporation. Mahendra Kaul was the first Asian to be honoured with the Order of the British Empire in 1975.

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